Actors (Alphabetical by first name)
BARBARA RAYLISS has been performing as a singer since age seven, but has admired actors and dancers all of her life. She spent her working life performing at LAX hotels and teaching music and drama in middle school. Since moving to Idyllwild seven years ago, she got the true acting bug from performing in summer musicals for the Idyllwild Master Chorale.
CHIC FOJTIK's stage life started in high school when he did impersonations of upcoming rock stars of the time. While attending Northwestern University he acted in the Dolphin Shows, musical theater presented in the swimming auditorium. It took retiring from being “onstage” as a professor of marketing with Pepperdine University and moving to Idyllwild before Chic would hit the formal boards again in the Master Chorale production of Wizard of Oz. He returned to the Chorale as Mr. Green (Clue: the Musical) and as The Prince’s Steward (Into the Woods). Film credits include appearances in Idyllwild Arts Academy student films "The Roommate" and "Missing".
CHRISTINE HUNT made her debut in Idyllwild with Stratford Players in Night of the Iguana. She moved here three years ago and found, in addition to its natural beauty, a surprising gift for such a small town: wonderful theatre of high quality. So Christine has embraced the opportunity to return to her earliest love in the arts - acting. Trained as a theatre actress in New York, she holds an MFA in Directing from CUNY and taught speech in New York University's professional training program for actors. She has studied acting with renowned acting teachers Peter Kass and Olympia Dukakis. She has performed Off Broadway, in independent films and in theatres around the NYC area.
CHRISTOPHER MORSE is a founding member of Stratford Players. Also a playwright, a number of his one-acts have won awards and/or been performed in venues around the country. He has written publicity articles for Stratford Players, contributes narration for Will In The Woods, and penned the abridgement of our production of G.B. Shaw's Pygmalion. Chris has played myriad roles for Stratford Players, including the tragic Shannon in Tennessee William's Night of the Iguana; the buffoonish Mellersh (Enchanted April) and Macbeth, Petruchio, Caliban, Richard III, and many others in Will in the Woods.. He has also portrayed, with panache, a pneumatic paint sprayer and a high-strung goat.
DERRIK LEWIS began acting professionally in 1956 with a summer stock company in the San Fernando Valley after winning 2nd place in a Shakespeare festival at the Pasadena Playhouse. He began a Hollywood film career in 1959 with a role on “The Loretta Young Show” and continued to work throughout the 1960’s (the “Golden Age of TV”) on “The Twilight Zone”, “Route 66”, “My Three Sons”, “The Monkee’s” and many others, including his role as “Lieutenant O’Brien” on “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”. He has alternated dozens of plays and musicals with his work as a supperclub singer/pianist in major hotels and on cruise ships throughout the world. He is the recipient of 15 Desert Theatre League Awards. This production marks his 60th year on the stage.
DICK ENGLISH was born into a family of vaudevillian performers and thus started his performance training early. He jokes about how it continued - "My performing experience consists mainly of acting as if I knew what I was doing as a Russian linguist in the Air Force and as Systems Engineer for the Intelligence Community." In recent years Dick has played numerous roles with the Four Seasons Players including White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, and Murder On The Nile. Dick made his first appearance with Stratford Players in the 2013 production of On The Radio!
Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor and Masters in Theater. For eighteen years he has been a member of The Olde English Theatre Players, a stuttering actors support troupe, playing recurring roles as Falstaff, Charles Dickens and many others. Mr. Austin has written and directed many plays in his 35 years as an actor. He most enjoys plays with a period theme.
GINA KRAUT performs mostly in the Temecula and Riverside areas, and delights in climbing the hill to perform with Stratford Players. She has this message for our audience, “Thank you so very much for coming, and giving us a reason to keep bringing stories to life.”
Behind The Curtain
In-House Director - Marsha Kennedy
Stage Managers - Julie Pence, Kathy Masey
Set Designer - Marsha Kennedy
Set Builder - Mike Falk
Costume Designer - Marsha Kennedy
Carpenter/Seamstress - Julie Pence
Graphic Designer - Marsha Kennedy
Musical Director - Ed Hansen
Hospitality - Harriet Briant and Jean Stein
Box Office - Joy Woodman, Inge Austerman
All of theater is interesting to Harriet. Backstage, on stage, in the audience, it doesn't matter...the emotional experience of theater is what it's all about. Good theater makes you laugh, cry, think. Harriet is thankful for the wonderful opportunities she has had to pull the audience into other worlds in such plays as Barefoot in the Park, Our Town, Bus Stop, Cemetery Club, Harvey, and Will in the Woods to name a few. Harriet thanks Stratford Players for letting her participate in what is the fastest growing Community Theater in the Inland area. As she says, "It's wonderful to be part of a theater group that has 'good theater' as its donation to the community."
JULIE PENCE's love for theater began when she ushered at the Miller Theater in the Round in Milwaukee, WI. That lasted from her mid-teens until marriage. A move out of the area, a farm, a construction company, a ceramic shop, children, school and church activities filled those years. After the passing of her husband of many decades., she and her sewing machine entered the world of the Stratford Players. Through the seasons Julie has experienced a myriad of behind the scenes tasks; being on stage is just the newest level.
MICHAEL OWEN is British born, internationally educated and American by choice! Actively involved in theater and other performing arts since age 11, Michael has been on stage and radio in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. He debuted with Stratford Players as Victor Velasco (Barefoot in the Park) and appeared as Arthur Doolittle (Pygmalion). Some notable performances in his theatrical life include: Jack (The Importance of Being Ernest), Nursie (British pantomime Babes in the Woods), Calloway (The Third Man), Black Bart (Wyatt) and General Lafayette (Ghosts of Washington). These days Michael is more involved with producing and directing than with acting.
RENA MAY’s experience in theatre began at the age of three when her environment of softly colored scarves became her preferred setting for all of life’s dramas. She has always loved expressing herself fully and relishes theatre’s capacity to celebrate the shadows of man. She enjoyed writing, directing and producing the one-act play A Very Soft Doom in Tokyo 2009, and also took the role of Ramona Santangelo in Portland’s Ten-Minute Play Fest.
RIC MOXLEYbegan acting and directing professionally in his early 20's with a 7-year stint traveling internationally with a repertory theater company. He then went to USC's Film Production School and has been mostly behind the scenes since, directing, writing, and editing movies and music videos. Ric returned to theatrical acting for the first time since 2006 with the Stratford Players production of Will in the Woods III.
SCOTT WILSON - Bio is coming.
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